392 - UFE OF gerons and suspicious news., but this Is certainly un- founded, In July,, Humboldt left Berlin., and made first a Journey to Silesia, to choose the estates which were to form Ms dotation, then., In the "beginning of August, lie visited the state chancellor in Carlsbad, where he was recruiting Ms health. Although their connexion had been shaken, by the late events, all still apparently smooth, and the was here made that Humboldt should for the chancellor on the "banks of the RMnes to the new estates with him. But Humboldt had scarcely departed when Har- denberg regretted this arrangement, and sent Hum- boldt a despatch that his presence in London was urgently necessary, lie was to proceed at once to Ms post. The chancellor would not keep a man him who such an impression, wher- ever he spoke or acted, and who had only just "before given him such trouble in state council He therefore sent him this order? -which could not easily be disregarded. Humboldt's friends^ Indeed, advised him, as the chancellor seemed tmwilEng to fulfil his promises regarding- the ministry,, to reliise London, and re-enter the council, as during Ms absence he would lose his influence, but Humboldt determined to go. After spending a few weeks in Frankfurt, Hum- boldt proceeded to London In September. He went "by way of Brussels,, where lie had an audience of the Mng? and remained a short time ; and the London journals of the 8th October, 1817, announced that the new Prussian ambassador. Baron von "Humboldt, had arrived in London^ accompamed by his secretary of legation, Freiherr Ton Billow. He waited on the prince regent on the 10th October, but had not a formal audience for the presentation of Ms credentials timtll the 5th December^ as the death of the princess OmrI0tte3 heiress presumptive to the throne, had the court and country in deep mourning.